Cal Shakes’ `Ideal’ hit

Aug 04

Word from the California Shakespeare Theater is that artistic director Jonathan Moscone’s production of An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde has become the company’s biggest box-office hit in its 35-year history. This breaks the previous record held by Moscone’s production of Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw last summer. Says Cal Shakes’...

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Review: `Mrs. Warren’s Profession’

Mar 22

Opened March 21, 2008, Ashby Playhouse, Berkeley Trish Mulholland as Mrs. Warren, Emily Jordan as Vivie. Photos by Howard Gerstein Shotgun Players do bang up work on Shaw’s Profession three 1/2 stars Zesty Shaw “There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.” So says a character in George Bernard Shaw’s...

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2007 theater Top 10

Dec 27

I can always tell whether a theater year has been good or not so good when I sit down to hammer out my Top 10 list. If I can summon five or more shows simply from memory, it’s a good year. This year’s entire list came almost entirely from memory (which is a feat in itself as the old noggin’ ain’t what it used to be), so it was a good year...

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Review: `Heartbreak House’

Sep 06

Opened Sept. 5, 2007 Mirth, wisdom reside in Berkeley Rep’s Heartbreak House Four stars (GBS=Great bloody show) What a good summer it’s been for George Bernard Shaw. First California Shakespeare Theater unfurled a tremendous Man and Superman. And now Berkeley Repertory Theatre has opened its 40th anniversary season with Heartbreak House. There’s a reason that...

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Review: `Man and Superman’

Jul 08

Opened Saturday, July 7, 2007, Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda Cal Shakes’ Man and Superman soars with superheroic cast four stars Shavian perfection A lifetime happiness? No man alive could bear it. So says Jack Tanner the irresistible leading man in George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman, the second show of the California Shakespeare Theater season. A...

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